Krishnavatara: The Book of Satyabhama

satyaThis book stands out in this series as the most romantic one. You have jungle adventure, chivalry and passion that might just put any other romance book to shame.

Krishna is back in Dwaraka for good. He is happy that he has finally seen his cousins settling into a life that they so well deserve. But there is some resentment among the Yadavas, who had to give away some of their riches to help the Pandava brothers settle in Indraprastha. The chief among the grumblers was Satrajit, whose intrigues and politics irk Krishna’s supporters.

Sadly for Satrajit, his own daughter Satyabhama is hopelessly in love with Krishna. She appeared as a minor character in the third book, Five Brothers where she kidnaps Satyaki and saves him from assassins. Breathtakingly beautiful, spunky, passionate yet misguided Satya is resolved to have Krishna as her husband.

Krishna comes to meet Satrajit, who berates him for bankrupting Yadavas just so that his cousins can enjoy kingly comfort. Krishna counters him and asks him to share his ever-growing wealth with the Yadavas by delivering the divine jewel, Symantaka over to him. Satrajit is disturbed and worried about Krishna’s demand.

Things come to a head when the Symantaka jewel is stolen and the blame falls on Krishna. Disheartened and depressed with the turn of events, Satya decides to leave her home to follow the clues to get back the jewel and save her beloved from blame. She seeks Satyaki’s help and they follow the clues into the jungle but her father believes that she has eloped with his enemy’s son.

Krishna follows them into the forest and their adventures begin. The divine jewel Symantaka is taken by Jambhavan into his kingdom of bears (supposedly a wild forest tribe that roams around naked with long hair). Sathya and Satyki are held prisoners there while Jambhavan wants Krishna to marry his daughter. Krishna safely rescues Jambavati, Satya and Satyaki from the wild tribe and they make their way out along with the Symantaka.

In Munshi’s expert hands, Sathyabhama blossoms from an impetuous girl to a mature and understanding woman. She realizes that Krishna can be won over only through total surrender and selfless love that transcends physical passion.

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About sumeethamanikandan

Sumeetha Manikandan, a freelance content writer is an English literature graduate with a journalism and mass communication diploma. She lives in Chennai with her husband and daughter. After a decade long career in dotcom industry, she started working as a content writer from home. She wrote her debut novel, ‘The Perfect Groom’ as a script for a serial, which she converted into a novella for Indireads.
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